Tips for throwing an under-budget holiday bash

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Want to host a holiday party that wows? Short on prep time and money? Style Expert Susan Redstone shows us ideas for throwing an easy, under-budget stylish bash that stays right on trend.

Trend #1 Earth-chic. Live plants as centerpieces. (Long lasting, doesn't need to be Xmas specific, cleans the air, under $10, good party favors.)
Fittonia plants by Exotic Angels $6.99.
Joy globes $8.99 all at Lowes and Home Depot.

Trend #2 Mixed metallics. Add gold accessories to winter white, silver and copper to transform. (For all-winter décor style, Xmas and beyond.)
White faux throw $25 Gold-plated cheese tool set $34 Hammered copper pitcher $35
All at JCPenney

Trend #3 Wine-tasting at home. Set the theme (color, region, style) and stick to budget. (Set $15 limit for guests to bring a bottle.)
Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay, Cabernet $10.99 Bourbon Barrel Cabernet $13.99 at good wine stores.


Trend #4 Exotic cheese boards. Cheese/wine pairings. Group cheese by country or animal. Grazing is on trend. (Quick prep, zero cooking, no mess.)
Comte, Camembert, Raclette, Fourme d’Ambert, Pont l’Eveque.
All available $8-$10 from the French Cheese Board, 41 Spring Street, NYC.

Trend #5 Modern graphic plates. Go modern! Use stylized chic paper plates with charitable kick-back. (No dish washing, quick clean up, recycle.
Cheeky plates and napkins, at Target or $3 per pack.
Partnered with Feeding America –buy one pack, they donate a meal.

Trend #6 Vintage winter cocktails. Go old-school and serve a vintage-style one-liquor laced hot drink like bourbon spiked eggnog. (No mixing, only two ingredients, doubles as dessert.)
Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon $36.99 at the liquor store Store bought eggnog, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg.